DYSART — PASSANITA – Anna, 92, Dysart, died March 27, 2014. Born Jan. 25, 1922, in Dysart, daughter of the late Salvatore and Josephine (Munson) Passanita. Preceded in death by brother, James L. “Buster”; and nephews, Jerry and Denny Eckenrode. Survived by sister, Mary Louise Eckenerode, and brother, Pat, both of Dysart; nieces, Marilyn Passanita and Gerianne Eckenrode, Ebensburg; nephews, Gary Eckenrode, Lewes, Del.; and Randy (Anne Salony) Passanita, Ebensburg; godchild, Greg Shingle, Dysart; and several great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews. Though she had no children of her own, she was “Aunt Ann” to three generations. Her deep faith was lived in ways small and large of caring for others because her “family” also included a multitude of friends and neighbors. Ann’s possessions, like her heart, were freely given. She had the gift of hospitality. No one left her home without a token of her affection, from a gift of food to a lightening of spirit from sharing time with her or maybe dancing a polka! Through the tears of our mourning, we rejoice and give thanks for the times we shared with Ann. She worked at Sylvania, Altoona, for 43 years and retired in 1987. She was a longtime Democratic committeewoman of Cambria County. Member of Altar Rosary Society and St. Thomas Catholic Church, Ashville, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, the Rev. Sean Code, celebrant. Committal, St. Thomas Cemetery. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville, where vigil service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Ashville Volunteer Fire Company in Anna’s memory.
- District Deaths Aug. 2, 2014
ASKEW – Sharon “Joy,” 79, Alexandra, Pa, formerly of Marsteller, died July 31, 2014, at home.
George Michael Beach
BEACH – George Michael, 59, Salix, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Barbara Ann (Hartman) Dino
DINO – Barbara Ann (Hartman), 74, Ebensburg, died July 28, 2014, at Cambria Care Center.
DRENNER – Annabelle 90, Hollsopple, died July 31, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.
Patricia A. (Grabish) Koposko
KOPOSKO – Patricia A. (Grabish), 67, Windber, passed away Aug. 1, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
Harriet L. Mintmier
MINTMIER– Harriet L., 85, Johnstown, died Aug. 1, 2014, at the Atrium Manor.
Helen Louise Petrunak
PETRUNAK – Helen Louise “Weeze,” 87, formerly of South Fork, went home with the Lord Aug. 1, 2014.
Joylene H. (Ream) Whipkey
WHIPKEY– Joylene H. (Ream), 83, Ligonier, formerly of Jenner Township, died Aug. 1, 2014, at Bethlen Home, Ligonier.
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- District Deaths Aug. 1, 2014
E. Joan Davis
DAVIS – E. Joan, 87, Riverside, Ohio, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Kettering Medical Center.
Billie Josephine (LaFollette) Hodges
HODGES – Billie Josephine (LaFollette), 79, Boswell, Jenner Township, formerly of Gadsden, Ala., passed away July 27, 2014, at Windber Hospice from complications of cancer.
KOONTZ – Judy A., 67, Keedysville, Md., passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Md., after a long battle with lymphoma cancer.
Sherry L. Nagy
NAGY – Sherry L., 49, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at home.
Kenneth A. Naugle
NAUGLE – Kenneth A., 94, Johnstown, died July 30, 2014, at his home.
Richard John Peterson
PETERSON – Richard John, 49, Johnstown, passed away Monday evening, July 28, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital.
Evelyn F. Vitalie
VITALIE – Evelyn F., 75, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at her home.
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Paul Radnoti Sr.
RADNOTI – Paul Sr., 80, passed away July 13, 2014, in Hebron, Ind.
Samuel R. Saia
SAIA – Samuel R., 90, Johnstown, died July 29, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Alex J. Stavish
STAVISH – Alex J., 90, Northern Cambria, died July 29, 2014, at Miners Medical Center Hastings.
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